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Steam May Let You Lend And Share Games With Your Friends


Another one of those sneaky NeoGaf forum members has revealed some interesting information that Steam may start allowing its users to share games with their friends.

In the latest Beta update for Steam this telling text was found, describing a sharing system:

“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title” “Shared game library”
“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerText” “Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it’s time to quit.”
“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerText” “This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library.””

Interesting. The second line of code suggests that you and your friend won’t be able to play the shared game at the same time, which is a shame but understandable.

There are of course many questions raised by this discovery. For instance will this feature, if it’s true, be automatically implemented across the board or will each developer have to be contacted by Valve and agree to allow their game to be shared in such a fashion? Are there going to be any limitations, restrictions or fees for lending/sharing games?

Regardless it’s impossible not to feel that this would be a great move on Valve’s behalf, and could potentially be great for developers and publishers. Sure, you might think it would be bad, but imagine lending a game to a friend and him/her enjoying it so much that they immediately go and buy it?

Of course the downside for a publisher is that once you’ve completed a game you could just lend it permanently to a friend, which is possibly where some sort of restriction or limitation will come in to play to ensure that such things never happen. Or gamers could unite and create a multitude of vast sharing circles, where one game could feed the masses! (metaphorically. Don’t try and eat games. Not cool.)



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About Baden Ronie

I always hate writing about myself, it's such a pain in the ass to know where I should start. I'm twenty-two years young and love to play, as you may have already guessed. When WolfsGamingBlog.com started up it was simply because I found writing to be a good form of stress relief for when my Cystic Fibrosis was getting me down or simply because I had been having a bad week. When I started writing I never dreamed that people would actually read it, or that it would ever get this big. It's mind boggling. My writing isn't the best, but through trial, error and the comments of readers I strive to improve it so I can provide fair reviews. My ultimate goal is to prove that not everyone in the gaming media are corrupt idiots intent on delivering false reviews. Other than that I'm a fully qualified lifeguard and used to teach first-aid and life-saving skills to kids. What more is there to say? Hmmm, well I love music, reading and films. I'm a drummer, enjoy going swimming and tend to get distracted by shiny objects. Is that a fifty-pence?

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